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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Boy Who Fell From Jet Is Azeri

The teenager who froze to death in the wheel well of a plane and then fell to the ground as it was landing at Domodedovo Airport earlier this month has been identified as an Azeri citizen.

Ilgar Ashumov, 15, disappeared from his home village of Zabrat-2 in the Sabunchinsky region Oct. 4, the Azeri newspaper Ekho reported Tuesday.

Investigators flew to Zabrat-2 to show Ashumov's parents photographs of the body so they could identify it, a neighbor of the boy's family said, RIA-Novosti reported.

A man walking his dog in the woods about 10 kilometers from the airport found the boy's body Oct. 19.

Police tracked down Ashumov's relatives with the aid of a booklet of telephone numbers they found in his pocket, the newspaper said. They also found some small change and a token for the Baku metro.

Why Ashumov wanted to fly to Moscow remains unclear.

After they found his body, investigators concluded that Ashumov must have climbed into the plane at an airport other than Domodedovo and died of hypothermia after it took off.

His body probably fell to the ground when the landing gear was extended as the plane made its descent into Domodedovo, investigators said.

Meanwhile, the Transport Prosecutor's Office for the Urals Federal District has opened a criminal investigation into a similar incident last month, in which a teenager survived a flight in the wheel well of a Tu-154 passenger jet, Interfax reported. The teenager, a 15-year-old from Perm, suffered severe frostbite, resulting in the amputation of fingers on his right hand.